The wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi opens two new satellite sexual assault referral clinics to encourage women and girls who experience sexual and gender violence to seek help and speak out.
The satellite clinics are extensions of Moremi Clinic located in Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, EKSUTH Ado-Ekiti, and are located at the State Specialist Hospitals at Ikole-Ekiti, and Ikere-Ekiti.
Speaking at the events, Erelu Fayemi advised Ekiti people to stop accommodating violators of women and girls no matter their position in the community but rather, expose them to the appropriate authorities.
Erelu Fayemi cut the tape to the clinics
Erelu Fayemi emphasized that the Dr. Kayode Fayemi led administration has zero tolerance for Gender-Based Violence particularly, sexual assault assuring severe punishment for anyone found culpable.
She assured that Moremi clinics serve as venues where sexual assault survivors’ rights and interests are protected and their dignity respected.
“The centres were established to offer free services for Gender-Based Violence GBV survivors in the area of medical assistance, legal, psychological among others”, noted Mrs. Fayemi.
Assuring the sustainability of the clinics, the wife of Governor-elect, Dr. Yemi Oyebanji, said she will not relent in her support and commitment to curbing GBV and other advocacy programs of Erelu Fayemi, noting that the incoming administration would not suspend any of the ongoing programs but rather continue and improve on them.
Commissioners for Health and Human Services, Dr. Banji Filani and Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Mrs Olabimpe Aderiye commended Mrs. Fayemi’s multidimensional approach to solving problems, noting that the new satellite Sexual Assault and Referral Centres are established to serve everyone within their proximity.
Sexual Assault Referral Centres Coordinator Barrister Rita Ilevbare noted that the two new satellite Centres bring to 34 SARCs across 19 states in Nigeria.
She enjoined the staff of the clinics to see their duties as calls to national service which requires due diligence, empathy, and utmost confidentiality.